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This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 8

This Is Shahnoza In 3 Parts 8
Signed Mixed Media

Julian Opie

Mixed Media, 2008
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 30
H 130cm x W 147cm

Critical Review

This work is indicative of Opie’s desire to work with one idea across a number of different media and compositions, this particular print shown to be divided into three panels that follow the figure’s form, each differing in size. The images used for this series are directly transferred from Opie’s This is Shahnoza Horizontal series from 2007 and in this series the viewer is invited to think about the human form in an unusual and fragmented way.

By depicting Shahnoza in a pose that draws from choreography, gestures and typical iconography of strip shows and catwalks, Opie succinctly conveys the way in which seemingly natural human behaviour is made up of learned performance codes. Indeed, this print exemplifies key themes that run through the artist’s entire oeuvre and what he is renowned for: engagement with art history, use of new technology, and obsession with the human body.

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